NBA Expert Picks & Predictions for Tonight, Friday, Feb. 21

By David Hayes
Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans hit the road as slight favorites over Portland.
Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans hit the road as slight favorites over Portland. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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NBA Picks for Tonight

With 18 NBA teams back in action today after the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend and Game, here's a look at the odds (from FanDuel Sportsbook), full TV schedule, predictions and expert picks for the nine NBA games on today, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

NBA Games on Today & TV Schedule

ESPN: Denver Nuggets (+1.5) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (-1.5) – 8 p.m. EST
ESPN: New Orleans Pelicans (-4.5) @ Portland Trail Blazers (+4.5) – 10:30 p.m. EST

NBA Predictions for Tonight

All NBA win probability predictions are according to the ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI) and FiveThirtyEight's Elo forecasts, while expert picks are according to CBS Sports.

1. Cavaliers vs Wizards Picks

Tipoff Time: 7 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Wizards (-5.5) | Over 236.5 Points
ESPN BPI: Wizards (71.7 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Wizards (80.0 percent)

2. Mavericks vs Magic Picks

Tipoff Time: 7 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Magic (+4) | Under 220 Points
ESPN BPI: Mavericks (59.5 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Magic/Mavericks PK (50.0 percent)

3. Suns vs Raptors Picks

Tipoff Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Raptors (-8) | Under 229 Points
ESPN BPI: Raptors (80.0 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Raptors (87.0 percent)

4. Pacers vs Knicks Picks

Tipoff Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Pacers (-6.5) | Over 212.5 Points
ESPN BPI: Pacers (69.7 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Pacers (63.0 percent)

5. Nuggets vs Thunder Picks

Tipoff Time: 8 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Nuggets (+1.5) | Over 215.5 Points
ESPN BPI: Thunder (53.4 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Thunder (60.0 percent)

6. Celtics vs Timberwolves Picks

Tipoff Time: 8 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Celtics (-7.5) | Under 227.5 Points
ESPN BPI: Celtics (68.8 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Celtics (72.0 percent)

7. Spurs vs Jazz Picks

Tipoff Time: 9 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Jazz (-7) | Over 223 Points
ESPN BPI: Jazz (74.6 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Jazz (78.0 percent)

8. Pelicans vs Trail Blazers Picks

Tipoff Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Trail Blazers (+4.5) | Over 238.5 Points
ESPN BPI: Trail Blazers (61.4 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Trail Blazers (62.0 percent)

9. Grizzlies vs Lakers Picks

Tipoff Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
CBS Sports: Grizzlies (+10.5) | Under 234 Points
ESPN BPI: Lakers (90.2 percent)
FiveThirtyEight: Lakers (78.0 percent)


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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